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Giants look to pile up teddy bears and another win this afternoon at LEC

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Posted on: January 3, 2018
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It’s beginning to feel like the Vancouver Giants could go into the holiday break feeling pretty good about themselves.

The Giants carry a five-game winning streak into this afternoon’s Teddy Bear Toss game against the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Centre (4 p.m., TSN 1410.)

Fans are asked to bring stuffed animals for donation to the game. They can throw them on the ice when Vancouver scores their first goal. The stuffed animals are collected and later given to children in need by the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

Vancouver (17-13-2-2) has scored 19 times in this current five-game run, with the latest triumph a 6-2 decision on the road against the Victoria Royals on Saturday.

It’s Vancouver’s longest winning streak since they took seven straight in 2014-15, which included a 3-2 shootout win over the Saskatoon Blades in the Teddy Bear Toss game that year.

On Saturday, Vancouver got two goals from Dylan Plouffe, Ty Ronning and Brayden Watts against the Royals (20-13-3-0).

Ronning scored the Giants’ Teddy Bear Toss goal in 2015-16, beating Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips at 11:11 of the first period in what became a 3-2 overtime loss for the home side. Last season, it was James Malm’s turn to help send stuffed animals into orbit, tallying at 3:34 of the first period against the Portland Winterhawks en route to a 6-3 win.

Ronning, the New York Rangers draft pick, is now up to 31 goals on the season. The son of Vancouver Canucks fan favourite Cliff Ronning led the Giants last year with 25 in 68 games. He paced the team in 2015-16 with 31 in 67 games.

Ronning’s tied for third in the league in goals.

To put this game on ice @TyRonning7 scored his 2nd if the game and 31st of the year on the empty net.

— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) December 17, 2017

Watts is up to 10 goals. He was also a plus-four on the night. Plouffe has six goals on the year, which is a career high for the third-year Giant. He had four last season.

That was fun… Again! @Dplouffe_61 scores his 2nd if the game 6 minutes later. 4-2

— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) December 17, 2017

Big finish for @brayden_watts29 scoring his 2nd if the game and 10th of the season. Final score 6-2

— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) December 17, 2017

Prince George (12-16-3-2) is playing its third game on the road in as many days, after losing 5-3 in Seattle on Friday and 4-0 in Everett on Saturday.

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